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Summer Fairs and Festivals 2022

Fairs and festivals abound in Norwalk this season!

Visitors to Norwalk or even nearby residents on staycation this season can find exciting events that appeal to all interests.

For the art lovers, Norwalk has two festivals to choose from.

The fourth annual Norwalk Art Festival takes place on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, in Mathews Park. The park surrounds the Lockwood-Mathews Museum on West Avenue.

More than 125 artisans showing one-of-a-kind ceramics, paintings, jewelry, photography and other fine arts and crafts will be featured. All pieces exhibited will be available for purchase.

The 2022 SoNo Arts Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will fill the streets of historic South Norwalk with original works of fine arts and crafts.

The SoNo Arts Festival will showcase works from more than 100 juried artists and neighborhood businesses. The community will be able to safely stroll through mini, open-air galleries full of art and cultural experiences. There will be live music throughout and enticing culinary specials at many participating local restaurants, as well as discounts at SoNo shops.

For more information on the art festivals, visit

The Norwalk International Cultural Exchange (NICE), a nonprofit organization, will hold its annual festival on Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Oyster Shell Park.

The NICE Festival was established to celebrate the rich global heritage and culture so evident in the music, food, art and diverse population of Norwalk.

Festival-goers can enjoy live dancers exhibiting flamenco, Asian and African dance, live rock, reggae, rhythm and blues and Latin music performances, exhibits and games.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

The 44th annual Norwalk Oyster Festival returns to Veteran’s Memorial Park in Norwalk Sept. 9-11.

Enjoy three days of food, fun and dazzling free entertainment on multiple stages, plus a myriad of special events for families and friends, hosted by the Norwalk Seaport Association at the 35-acre park. And, of course, oysters!

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-12. Visit for more information and the lineup of musical guests.

Later that month, the Norwalk Boat Show returns to the Norwalk Cove Marina at Calf Pasture Beach Sept. 22-25.

In addition to observing the best and latest that boating brands have to offer, the show offers activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Attendees can take a boat ride out to the historic Green’s Ledge Lighthouse or try their hand at stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking at Try It Cove. For refreshments, check out Sandbar or the Water Club Lounge.

Children can get in on the fun at the show by creating their own toy boats. Kids can also take paddle boats on a mini lake made just for them, or satisfy their curiosity at a touch tank full of tidepool creatures.

New this year is a performance from Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel, who will amaze and entertain as she skis behind a radio-controlled boat that cruises around a custom-made pool.

For more information, visit

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